The Pentagon approved a new policy that will allow U.S. troops to invoke religion in order to violate troops’ rules:
The new policy took effect Wednesday, and the waivers will be decided on a case-by-case basis, according to defense officials. Approval of the waiver will depend on where the service member is stationed and whether the change would affect military readiness or the mission.
If the waiver involves something that violates the service’s policy governing troops’ uniforms or appearance — including tattoos, beards and clothing — then the decision is made by a senior officer, most likely the three-star general in charge of personnel for each service. If it involves something else, such as prayer time, the decision can be made by a unit commander.
If the waiver violates the service’s policy it shouldn’t be allowed, period. Rules are the same for everybody, religion (and any other kind of personal preferences) notwithstanding.